How to Reset the Linksys WRT160NL

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Here I describe how to reset the Linksys WRT160NL router back to factory defaults.

There is a lot of confusion between a reset and a reboot. When you reboot something all you are doing is cycling the power to then unit. When you reset a router you are taking all the settings and returning them to factory defaults. All your personal data is lost.

Warning: Resetting this device is a big step. A lot of settings are erased during this reset. I recommend making a list of all the settings you know will be erased by the reset. These settings include:

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Reset the Linksys WRT160NL

Looking at the image below you can see the bottom panel of the Linksys WRT160NL router. The reset button is circled for you in red. Notice how this reset button looks more like a reset pinhole than a button. This is done purposefully to avoid accidental resets.

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This is the reset page from your Linksys router.

While the router is on take a straightened paperclip or similar object and press down on the button for approximately 5 seconds to begin the restoration process. This could take several minutes to complete so be patient.

Warning: Permanent damage occurs when you unplug or turn off the router during the reset process. DO NOT UNPLUG OR TURN OFF THE ROUTER.

Remember this particular reset erases all personal settings. I strongly recommend trying other methods of fixing your problem before you decide to reset the Linksys WRT160NL router.

Login to the Linksys WRT160NL

Following the reset you will need to login to your Linksys WRT160NL router. To do this you will have to use the default login information. If you aren't sure what it is, this information can be found in our Login Guide for the Linksys WRT160NL router.

Tip: Can't login with the defaults? The router might have not been properly reset. Try resetting it again but this time hold down the reset button for a little longer.

Change Your Password

Now that you have successfully logged into your router it is time to change the password to a secure one. Try to make your new password unique, be 14-20 characters long, and have it contain no personal information. For more useful advice on making a password be sure to check out our Choosing a Strong Password guide.

Tip: Worried about losing your password? Try writing it down on a piece of paper and attaching it to the underside of the router.

Setup WiFi on the Linksys WRT160NL

As you begin to reconfigure the router's settings make sure that you also secure your wireless network by configuring the WiFi settings. To get started on this important step be sure to follow our WiFi Instructions for the Linksys WRT160NL router.

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This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT160NL.We also have the following guides for the same router: